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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
83
good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jaynuze on 03-12-2007)
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, coppery sort of color. Off white head. Malty and slightly spiced aroma. Big malt flavor with a mellow blend of spice and phenols. The spicyness is more from the alcohol and phenolics then any added ingredient. Somewhat sweet-more so then necessary. Good body. Overall a very nice beer. Not as much "belgian" characteristics as I was expecting but a damn good beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:05:36 | More by lackenhauser
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BitteBier

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Attractive enough on the pour, with a clear, dark cherrywood color and a small amount of quickly-fleeting head. The smell is in-your-face strong and sweet but nonetheless nuanced a bit by dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol. In the taste, though, the strong vs. nuanced battle is tipped decidedly toward the strong. Very sweet and alcoholic in the way that cough syrup is. I think there was some spice trying to work its way in, but I couldn't drink more than a couple swallows of this. I like hefty Belgian ales, but this one doesn't work for me. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, but I don't want this taste to linger. Rare is the time I pour any beer down the drain, but I quickly fled this one in favor of a better example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 19:00:15 | More by BitteBier
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IntriqKen

California

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love a good Belgium Dark and this is no exception.
Pours a dark amber with a smallish white head that melts to merely a faint ring rather quickly.

Aromas are straight from Belguim...Belguim yeasts, dark fruits, sweet candy malt and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is smoothly dark candied sugars, dark roasted malts, and again the dark fruits like plums, prunes, and dark raisins. No hint of alcohol in the taste...nothing hot here, just sweet.

Aftertaste becomes immediately drying and the sweetness reduces to nothing rather than leaving a cloying stickiness in your mouth.

Like it...as most Belgium Dark ales...I like what they did with this one...as with most Heavy Seas Brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 05:11:17 | More by IntriqKen
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Big78CJ

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty beer in terms of the color of the liquid but there is no head to speak of off my semi-gentle pour.

Is there something fruity in my nostrils? Either I inhaled a sweet tart or this beer has some candy sugar in it. This beer is a bit more alcoholy than I would have liked. Perhaps a year away from light on the lower level of a ship would do this beer good. Of course, if they were "heavy seas" they would shake this sh** out of this beer until it was worthless anyway. I taste fruit, something dark and sweet but not quite as dark as a plum or anything.

I would drink this again but probably only if it was given or was really cheap at the store. Still, not bad all the same. Maybe next year they will tweak it a bit. There is nothing in there to make me cry Holy Sheet!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 03:31:09 | More by Big78CJ
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On May 9, 2010, I had a chance to retry this beer. First impression is the head is completely different: A huge, rocky, beige version! Lots of clumpy lace.

The rest of the review is still accurate.
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Modest beige head on initial pour; this quickly dies to a single circle of bubbles along the glass. Dark caramel in color, clear.

Brown sugar aroma; a little cotton candy, too. I guess it would be redundant to say that this smells sweet.

Some interesting sourness shows up on the first sip. This quickly yields to a great deal of caramel sweetness. I notice a touch of hop which is important to give some semblance of balance. In the swallow and aftertaste, the sourness (like bitter orange rind) returns and lasts a long time. The body and carbonation are as expected for this style of beer.

I am surprised that at 9% abv I don't detect the alcohol. I would say that this could be a dangerous beer, especially for those with sweet teeth.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 18:14:32 | More by smcolw
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish-red with brown hues. Surprisingly poured with a good inch of frothy off-white head that left a good solid layer of froth on top with good lacing on the glass. Smells are primarily fruits like cherries and fig, but also has some sweet spice characteristics like brown sugar and cinnamon. Taste has some cherries and raisons, but is very much broadcasting its alcohol, almost rum mixed in and not being masked very well. Medium in body though a bit watery, ok carbonation. Not a bad representation of the style, but not extraordinary. I'd pick one up again in next year's batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 22:28:56 | More by HopDerek
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chilidog

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to get this spring release. Overall a good beer.
It pours a nice clear mahogony red, slight off-white head about half an inch and dissapates. Lace is light.
Aroma is malts, dark cherry and fruits.
Taste again carried by sweet malts, fruits like cherry, banana and sherry alcohol.
The mouth is smooth, alittle hop crisp, oil feel and slight alcohol warmth.
Good brew, respect the 9% on this medium bodied sweet brew. Only drawback, it can seem alittle to sweet as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 12:33:09 | More by chilidog
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy mahoganny, a small head and a bit of lacing, but not much.

S - A slightly woodsy hop profile, caramel malt, banana and cloves.

T - Spicy, allspice, cloves, alcohol with a bit of banana and a tiny bit of fusel alcohol. Mostly grassy, slightly pine, hops in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thin to medium, very refreshing.

D - Good, very good. I like Clipper City (having lived in Balmer for several years). I certainly wouldn't mind having this again and I am glad to see the Heavy Seas line expanding.

Serving type: cask

05-01-2007 04:10:30 | More by mrasskicktastic
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking ruby colour with a mid-range sized head that quickly (and expectedly) dissolves to next to nothing.

The aroma is a good blend of dark berries, wood, a touch of alcohol and some brown sugar.

The flavour is more of the same stuff from the aroma, but is a bit blander and even a touch hot from alcohol. Berries are again the main flavour and they blend nicely with some wood notes again. The flavour is a bit more earthy than the aroma would lead on. Alcohol is mixed in throughout and again provides for a bit of hotness. It's not overbearing, just a bit distracting at times. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and actually a bit more watery than anticipated.

This one was alright overall. Balance could be a bit better and it could be beefed up a tad overall to avoid some of its blandness. but its still not bad in the end. Not a stellar example of the style but doesn't do it any injustice at the same time...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 02:32:37 | More by guinness33
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 12 oz. bottle, and had a strangely illustrated cartoony label that put it firmly in the likeness of its other Heavy Seas siblings. The beer poured out brownish orange in color and lacked a good sized head. The layer of yeast mentioned on the neck label never got loose from its dwelling at the bottom of the sea and showed up in my goblet. The aroma was spicy, warm, and malty, but the lack of earthiness gave this away from being a true Belgian beer. The taste was fruity to brim with the rum soaked raisins, red cherries, and candied apples showing up on the tongue. Unfortunately the alcohol was bracing hot, and there was not enough complexity to mask it. If the yeast had been allowed to dry the mouthfeel some more, the beer would have turned out more charming. May be some age will accomplish this. As released, a bit too hot for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 03:49:30 | More by rajendra82
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Stunning amber body with a thin white ring and nice carbonation.

Belgian candi sugar and cherry.

Yeasty,cherry cough syurp,no hop flavor at all.

Mouthful is cloying and sweet,pretty easy on the carbonation.

Not much to say about this beer.Its no belgian in my book and I like this brewery alot but this is my least favorite beer from them.This beer falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 23:51:16 | More by MmmIPA
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Duster72

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled best by Aug 07. Pours a very dark amber with minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is sugars, alcohol, and yeast with some dark fruit hiding in the background. Taste is dominated by the yeast with dark fruits and malts. Mouthfeel is rather flat and cloying. A one bottle drinker. Not horrible, but not my favorite of the style. I would love to try this fresh on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 20:15:18 | More by Duster72
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was hard to get the brewery only made 2000 c.s and sold out in two weeks! Dark reddish brown in color, small head retention, on the nose I get brandy
brown sugar, and fig. The taste: good carbonation and acidity, Tons of roasted malt
and a fresh baked bread yeasty mouthfeel. The finish is smooth with a bakers chocolate note. I would recommend this to any malt fan. This one tends to be on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 00:04:41 | More by athensbeermaster
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed it at north end marked at the edge of hudson

the head died without ceremony (though i my glass might not be clean) but left some lacing. the color is a dark red

fruity. the aroma has a cherry/cranberry tartness to it and a cherry sweetness. not sour like a lambic--just tart. there are hops in there, too, but the malts are producing fruitiness

fruity again in the flavor profile, though less tart. there's a hint of booze to follow from the aroma's cue but it melds with bitterness

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 04:39:06 | More by bruachan
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a slightly hazy ruby brown. A finger of pithy tan head stays in residence for a reasonable while. Lacing is thinner and less sustained than I would anticipate.

The aroma brings malt, candy sugar sweet and fruity with a rather muddled puddle of raisins, dark cherry, and melon. An estery air of ripe pear and bread drop cravenly in the face of a blast of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is cloying, with Belgian candy sugar easily identifiable, but with the fruit essence decidedly more indistinct, leading to an unfortunate Robitussin impression. The yeast delivers a bit more distinction, with the pears and apples ripe, and a bit of biscuit appears as well. Alcohol borders on searing. The finish is definably cloying, syrupy, and in the end, seemingly sweet simply for the sake of being sweet.

Full bodied, it does coat and wax the palate, which would be more impressive if it delivered something more than sugar.

While the aroma at least breaks the components into somewhat notable parts, ones it hits the mouth, it's sweet and hot. It takes some effort to make a beer so cloying that the rock candy is the main and really only player. And the ABV is very obvious, which at least helps you decide if it's worth it to experience the mediocrity inherent in the beer itself. For me, it's not.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2007 16:02:29 | More by Foxman
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Umbra

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty Unibroue snifter. Freshness dating was blatantly evident. Heavy seas cartoon stays constant with the line.
Appearance: Amber tinged mahagany with a bunch of body carbonation. Regardless, the tan head didn't last very long. Lacing was spotty but relentless.
Smell: Bready aroma with a load of dark fruits. Cherry was predominant (had whiffs of red Nyquil, but not in a bad way)
Taste: Dark and summer fruits and hefty, well balanced malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation made it creamier. Didn't last long either way.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and interesting. Will be buying more from a local favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 15:53:44 | More by Umbra
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Vancer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Heavy Seas goodie. Decent price makes this a good sipper summer session brew – but as a sipper only.

Deep mahogany brown with a semi-frothy tan head that produced nice sliding laces. Small notes of Belgium yeast and sugar cane in the aroma. But the taste is where this one shines; nice mishmash of plum and cherry, sweet and tart – maybe just a smidgen of cherry cough syrup, but not enough to be a distraction. Smooth and silky texture, I’m ready for a couple more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 15:04:38 | More by Vancer
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asabreed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Shouldn't this be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale since it's at 9%? Best before August '07 clearly notched below the regularly awesome CC artwork.

Appearance: A dark amber hue to the body, and some spotty lacing not billowing as much as I'd expected, though as it warms some better things start to happen.

Smell: Ripe pear, watermelon, and dark tropical fruit dominate the nose, along with whiffs of unsweetened chocolate, bread crust, cherries, lots of malt and I imagine candi sugar, plum, and the earthy notes of raisins. I miss the phenolic funk, but this holds up well with the dark fruits all over the place.

Taste: The aroma comes through well, as dark fruits are all over the place, with pear sticking out, along with watermelon, funnily enough, as I said before for the nose. Not sure what the yeast is they're using, but whatever the funk's lacking, the dark fruit flavors are making up for it; there are a lot, and the finish is long and coating.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy and rich, though there's enough creamy carbonation so it doesn't feel all that coating, which allows the flavors enough room do their thing.

Drinkability: I really like what Clipper City's doing with this. I imagine it's not easy emulating a BSDA, especially for the funkiness that you just (usually) don't get with a domestic. Still, at 9%, this is balanced, not too expensive, and a good sipper for folks who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a caged and corked and / or 11.2 oz. bottle of something imported. Are those most likely going to be better? Yes. But this was a nice treat, and something I'll be buying in the spring (for those late nights) as long as they keep making it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 03:06:37 | More by asabreed
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shivtim

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear brown beer with orangey tints. Not much of a head. Nose is lots of grains, some yeast, and slightly sweet syrup. Taste is sweet malts with some slight bread, and lots of alcohol on the finish. The alcohol is a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is pretty good, and drinkability is hindered only by the ethanol.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 17:10:25 | More by shivtim
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fightingirishcmk

New York

2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an amber color, when I opened it I could immediately smell it, very little head which dissipated very quickly

S: Fruity, with a berry like taste, very sweet smelling

T: Well, this is my first abbey ale. I haven't found too many beers I don't like. But this is one that I can't stand. Anyway, tastes of cherries, rasperry, maybe lingonberry- cough syrup. It seriously made me feel sick. I think I'll stop here. This is the first beer I've had that I had to pour out. Could have been my tastes at the time, but I really didn't feel good after it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:25:46 | More by fightingirishcmk
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jpkoch1962

Indiana

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A big ale. Pours solid amber/reddish brown. Head was short lived. A strong malty-sweet aroma dominated this beer. Big malty/sweetish front end, which is smooth and dries a bit towards the finish. A slight medicidnal sweet aftertaste detracts a bit from taste points. Alcohol comes through a bit in the finish as well. While the malt dominates, I thought this beer was a little too bland; it was missing the kind of esthers one expects in a Belgian Ale.

Not a bad Abbey -good after dinner beer.Could use a bit more character.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 00:46:29 | More by jpkoch1962
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weasbri

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish burgundy color with a thin head into my new Belgian goblet. A bit of a yeasty aroma, mixed with estery alcohol.
The taste was quite nice, not too much alcohol despite the 9% label. I picked up some definite fruity notes, perhaps some cherry, along with the yeast mixed with fruity alcohol and malty sweetness. A nice tartness going down, with a slightly bitter but dry finishing kick.
Sometimes I think Clipper City goes overboard with the high alcohol content on their Heavy Seas line, but this one worked pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 22:57:28 | More by weasbri
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
notched brewery fresh before: AUG 07

Pours a dark clear ambered chestnut with a small slightly off white head that becomes just a rim of suds around the glass. Not much lace just a few scattered gobs. Carbonation appears minimal.

Nose: Yeast, candy caramel, alcohol, some sour apple

Mild fruitiness with some candy sweetness, cherry, and hot alcohol. Finishes with some spice, but this one may be best with some simmering as it finishes quick alcoholicy.

Decent mouthfeel medium full with an alcohol drying.

Not a bad brew, just a little hot for me. Not sure if that is par for the style, i'd like to try this again in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 21:06:54 | More by beerphan
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WesWes

New York

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a nice caramel malt scent along with a slightly fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It's a bit dry with some warming in the nose. The taste is decent. It has a warm crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some fruity esters, but nothing special. This is a very bland Belgian style brew, much like Saranac's Belgian ale. It's devoid of any real malt character and the yeast esters are not very pronounced. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a dumbed down Belgian brew. It's very forgettable with lots of the real thing available these days.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 01:07:39 | More by WesWes
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Heavy Seas offering from Clipper City on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a medium brown infused with amber a thinner but pretty well sustained light brown head atop.Lighter aromas mainly I picked up some phenolic-like spice and cherry with a hint of brown sugar.Somewhat yeasty flavors a little clove-like spice but a good rich fruitiness shows itself like cherry,bannana even a hit of apricot a decent herbal hop twang comes thru nicely in the finish.Pretty easy going down and flavorful with all the right components to make it a decent Belgian dark ale,I liked it and I am not even a huge fan of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 12:17:09 | More by oberon
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